What you need to know before you buy a hot tub

From jets to energy bills, our guide to taking the plunge

Jayne DowleThe TimesJayne DowleThe Times

Last year’s staycation flirtation with inflatable hot tubs is turning into a more permanent arrangement for the 46,000 or so UK homeowners reported to be upgrading this year to a “proper” model, likely to come with advanced water filtration, LED lights, powerful jets and a Bluetooth stereo.

Chris Hayes, the managing director of BISHTA (the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association), says that since last spring there’s been a 650 per cent surge in demand for hard-shell acrylic hot tubs, with some companies experiencing a 400 per cent increase in sales: “Apart from the Home Counties, there is a good spread of hot tubs throughout the UK, and they are especially popular when sited near natural attractions such as rivers or the sea.


What you need to know before you buy a hot tub